Resources for the Press
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SECTION 1: Media Kit and Press Releases
- 2019: Celebrating 10 Years of Little Free Libraries
- About Little Free Library
- About Founder and Creator Todd H. Bol (1956-2018)
- Little Free Library Stats and Milestones
- What People Are Saying About Little Free Library
- Little Free Library’s Impact Library Program
- Little Free Library’s Action Book Club
- Celebrating 10 Years of Little Free Libraries: Announcing Winners of the Todd H. Bol Awards for Outstanding Achievement – May 14, 2019
- Little Free Library and Candlewick Press Collaborate with Kate DiCamillo to Give Away Customized Book Exchanges – April 3, 2019
- Build Your Own Little Free Library with New How-To Book ‘Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds – March 26, 2019
- Little Free Library Announces Big Plans for 10th Anniversary Celebration – March 12, 2019
- Little Free Library Unveils New Action Book Club Theme: ‘Moving Forward’ – January 29, 2018
- Little Free Library Celebrates Milestone 75,000th Library – August 30, 2018
- Little Free Library Announces New Action Book Club Theme ‘Come Together’ – July 30, 2018
- Readers Assemble! Little Free Library and Disney Publishing Worldwide Bring Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War-themed Book-Sharing Boxes to Select Cities – May 10, 2018
- Little Free Library Wins Force for Positive Change Award – March 23, 2018
- Little Free Library Announces New Action Book Club Theme ‘Everyday Heroes’ – January 24, 2018
- Little Free Library Receives Women’s National Book Association Second Century Prize – November 2, 2017
- Little Free Library to Donate 100 Book Exchanges to Police Departments Across the Country – October 17, 2017
- Hudson Elementary Schools to Receive Little Free Libraries, Start Country’s First ‘Health Action Book Club’ – October 5, 2017
- Little Free Library Introduces Patch Program, Founder Todd Bol to Speak at Girl Scout National Conference – September 20, 2017
- Little Free Library Appoints Communications Chief Jeremy Hillman to Board of Directors – July 19, 2017
- Big Fun with Little Free Library at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago – June 14, 2017
- Little Free Library Founder Visits Tempe to Present ‘City of Distinction’ Award – April 18, 2017
- Little Free Library Founder Visits Denver to Present ‘City of Distinction’ Award – April 10, 2017
- Little Free Library Launches Action Book Club – January 25, 2017
- Little Free Library Places 50,000th Library In Santa Ana Thanks to Their Impact Fund – November 4, 2016
- First-Ever Little Free Library Festival a Success in Minneapolis – May 21, 2016
- Little Free Library Honored by the Library of Congress – October 2015
- ‘The Little Free Library Book’ Released – April 2015
SECTION 2: News and Editorial Coverage
What is a Little Free Library?
First, Little Free Library is the name of a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
The organization helps people around the world start and maintain free “take a book, share a book” book exchanges called Little Free Libraries. Most Little Free Libraries are placed in front yards, parks, gardens and easily accessible locations. The Libraries are built to withstand weather of all kinds and hold 20-100 books. Some Libraries are located in coffee shops, in or near restaurants and community centers.
Originally designed to look like a one-room school or a “house of books,” the Libraries rapidly took on a wide variety of sizes, shapes, themes, and other attributes. There is no standard size and shape. Although many businesses and apartments may have had book-sharing shelves for years, the idea of a network of unique structure with stewards, signage, and social support began in 2010.
To be officially called a Little Free Library, a free book exchange must be registered with an official charter sign and charter number.
How many Little Free Libraries are there?
As of early 2019, there are more than 80,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 90+ countries. Please see our map for more information.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
The Little Free Library movement:
People worldwide have embraced the idea of Little Free Libraries and in our Hudson, Wisconsin, headquarters, we’re working to strengthen and support them with effective communication channels, programs, events, and partnerships that build on our mission.
How to describe Little Free Library book exchanges:
The correct legal name is three words: Little Free Library. To distinguish between Little Free Libraries and public libraries in the generic sense, most writers capitalize the proper name. Only registered Little Free Library book exchanges may use the title “Little Free Library”; if a book exchange is not registered, it is simply called a book exchange. It is permissible to use the term Little Libraries or just Libraries when referring to any registered Little Free Library book exchange.
SECTION 3: Little Free Library Logos, Trademarks and Service Marks
Little Free Library and/or its affiliates claim(s) statutory and/or common law rights in and to the following trademarks and service marks: Little Free Library and its common variations.
SECTION 4: Little Free Library Photos
The following photos may be used for third-party articles about Little Free Library (click the link to view each photo):
Other popular photo sources include Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, Google Images (thousands of Little Free Library-related photos, often with links to their sources but few details), local Little Free Library Facebook pages, and blogs. To use photos from these sources, contact the original copyright holder for permission.
SECTION 5: Tips and Story Angles
Thousands of stories have been published and broadcast about Little Free Libraries around the world. Read a selection of notable stories about the Little Free Library movement.
The most often quoted benefits of Little Free Libraries
- People meet more neighbors and passers-by than they have in years.
- Children, youth, and adults of all ages and backgrounds can share in the give and take. People of widely diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds participate in this grassroots effort.
- Many public and school librarians support the concept and role of Little Free Libraries as outreach tools for reading motivation.
- People like giving as much as—or perhaps even more than—taking books. Little Free Libraries are likely to have a positive influence on community quality of life and social capital.
- Small, local business owners report that Little Free Libraries help them attract and keep customers.
- Realtors have said that Libraries (big and small) have influenced potential home buyers to decide to settle on one neighborhood rather than another.
New aspects of the Little Free Library movement
- In 2019, we are celebrating ten years of Little Free Libraries! The first Little Free Library was built in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009.
- Little Free Library’s Impact Library Program brings Little Libraries full of books where they’re needed most.
- Launched in 2017, our Action Book Club combines reading with social engagement and now encompasses 1,000 participating groups.
- Our Kids, Community & Cops Program helps law enforcement and civic groups create positive interactions with youth.
- Designers, craftsmen and women, architects, and artists are creating a new American folk craft by building Little Free Libraries.
- Little Libraries are becoming destinations…for bike and walking tours, family automobile tours of small towns, and geocachers.
- The Libraries function as educational and outreach tools for civic engagement, social, and environmental issues.
- They also serve as unique channels through which publishers and authors can distribute their books.
- Local and national organizations and corporations increasingly see Little Free Libraries as good investments to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and do their part for their constituents, neighbors, and customers.